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4 Reader Tips

4 Reader Tips

These field and bench tips are all courtesy of MAN readers (the best aircraft modelers around!). Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!)



When you need more storage space for wings, the garage door can work nicely. Just fasten the wings to an individual door panel (the wing needs to fit within perimeter of panel) with a strap and foam padding. With the garage door closed or open, the wings stay out of the way.



Use heat-shrink tubing to secure your receiver battery connector to your ignition or radio-power switch. It’s an inexpensive way to ensure that it never comes loose in flight to cause a crash. It’s easy to remove with a hobby knife and does not leave a sticky residue behind, like tape does.



I hate it when the fuel line comes off inside the fuel tank. It usually causes a dead stick and damage to the model. To avoid this, wind copper wire onto the brass fuel tube and cut the wire with pliers to produce one ring of copper wire near the end. Clean the joint, and solder the ring to the tube. Use just enough solder to form a small fillet around the wire and ring, and let it cool off. Slide your silicone or Tygon gas fuel line in place, and secure with a tie wrap.



Check out this simple, homemade device to find the center of gravity for your model. Use an old aluminum landing gear from your repair box, a 12-inch piece of scrap wood for the base, and a couple of bolts with large washers. It’s easy to make modifications to fit your needs, and it’s portable.

Updated: December 13, 2016 — 3:06 PM
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  1. Magnfico lo del tubo de combustible

  2. Love the garage door for storing wings,, will have to see if it works. And the shrink over connectors. Would need some ‘pads’ on those washers for checking the balance.. would go right through a monokote covered wing.

  3. Garage door great idea for wings, I even tried it with some small foamies ( Champ, Mini Cub, etc.) and it works well.

  4. I found using “HEAT SHRINK SECURITY” without care you can destroy the connector. I use nylon thread it will increase the size of the connector and can be removed with simple slice of a knife. I’ve used this for over 20 years and never had a failer.


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